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Taxon: Agrostis avenacea J. F. Gmel.

Genus: Agrostis
Family: Poaceae (alt. Gramineae) subfamily: Pooideae tribe: Poeae subtribe: Agrostidinae
Nomen number: 405236
Place of publication: Syst. nat. 2(1):171. 1791
Name verified on: 09-May-1996 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 22-May-1997
No species priority site assigned.


Common names:

  • bent grass   (Source: R. P. Ellis, p.c.) – English
  • blown grass   (Source: BSBI ) – English
  • common blown grass   (Source: F Victoria ) – English
  • fairy grass   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • New Zealand wind grass   (Source: NZeal J Bot [as Lachnagrostis filiformis]) – English

Economic importance:

Distributional range:

    Malesia: Papua New Guinea
    Australia: Australia - New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia
    New Zealand: New Zealand

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - California
    Southern Mexico: Mexico - Queretaro
    Southern South America: Argentina - Buenos Aires, Entre Rios, La Pampa, Santa Fe; Chile - Easter Island, Los Lagos, Maule, Valparaiso


  • Allan, H. H. B. et al. 1961–. Flora of New Zealand. [= Lachnagrostis filiformis (G. Forst.) Trin.].
  • Botanical Society of the British Isles. BSBI taxon database (on-line resource).
  • Edgar, E. 1995. New Zealand species of Deyeuxia P. Beauv. and Lachnagrostis Trin. (Gramineae: Aveneae). New Zealand J. Bot. 33:19. [= Lachnagrostis filiformis (G. Forst.) Trin.].
  • Ellis, R. P. 1997. pers. comm. [re. English common names].
  • Foreman, D. B. & N. G. Walsh. 1993–. Flora of Victoria.
  • Gibbs-Russell, G. E. et al. 1990. Grasses of southern Africa. Mem. Bot. Surv. S. Africa vol. 58.
  • Harden, G. J., ed. 1990–1993. Flora of New South Wales.
  • Hnatiuk, R. J. 1990. Census of Australian vascular plants. Australian Flora and Fauna Series No. 11.
  • Instituto de Botánica Darwinion. 2008. Flora del Conosur. Catálogo de las plantas vasculares. [= Lachnagrostis filiformis (G. Forst.) Trin.].
  • Integrated Botanical Information System (IBIS). Australian plant common name database (on-line resource).
  • Nava Rojo, A. et al. 2002. Agrostis avenacea (Poaceae: Pooideae): first record for the Mexican flora. Sida 20:423–429.
  • Perelman, S. B. et al. 2001. Cross-scale vegetation patterns of flooding Pampa grasslands. J. Ecol. 89:562–577. [mentions].
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  • Wagner, W. L. et al. Flora of the Hawaiian Islands (on-line resource).
  • Zedler, P. H. & C. Black. 2004. Exotic plant invasions in an endemic-rich habitat: The spread of an introduced Australian grass, Agrostis avenacea J. F. Gmel., in California vernal pools. Austral Ecol. 29:537–546.
  • Zuloaga, F. O. et al. 1994. Catalogo de la familia Poaceae en la Republica Argentina. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 47. [= Lachnagrostis filiformis (G. Forst.) Trin.].


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